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Updated September 6, 2012

What has changed for the anatomic pathology education programs?
Which Programs are affected by the change?
When does the change go into effect?
Why is this changing?
Who can see the results I enter?
Do I have to enter results online instead of faxing them in?
How do we start inputting results online?
I have never used e-Lab Solutions. How do I begin?
After submitting results, how much time do I have to claim credit?
How do I claim CME or CE?
What is the advantage of “self-claim” online rather than getting printed copies
through the mail?

What has changed for the anatomic pathology education programs?

Beginning in January 2010, two enhancements will affect participants in educational anatomic pathology programs.

  1. Individual result forms for anatomic pathology will be available online in 2010. Now, PAP and NGC participants can take advantage of online results forms through e-LAB Solutions on the CAP web site. You will enter your slide interpretations on result forms that are similar in style to the current forms.
  2. Participants must claim their Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Education (CE) credit online.
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Which Programs are affected by the change?

Programs affected by these changes include:

  • Interlaboratory Improvement Programs in Gynecologic (PAP)
  • Non-Gynecologic (NGC)
  • Performance Improvement Program in Surgical Pathology (PIP/PIP1)
  • Neuropathology (NP/NP1)
  • Forensics (FR/FR1)
  • Autopsy (AUCD)
  • Fine Needle Aspiration Glass (FNAG/FNAG1) slide program
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When does the change go into effect?

January 2010.
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Why is this changing?

The main objectives are to:

  • provide a consolidated continuing education credit transcript and certificate information through the CAP Learning Management System (LMS) and website. A consolidated transcript is necessary for CAP to meet the American Board of Pathology (ABP) requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). As an approved MOC provider, ABP requires the CAP to electronically submit pathologists’ education data;
  • enable participants to easily retrieve their data from the CAP in order to self-report to ABP and other certifying agencies;
  • allow participants to claim the credit they earn for completing an education activity prior to the certificate being issued. This change to our system helps us adhere to guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), which state that the participant must declare the amount of time spent on the educational course up to a maximum total. To comply with requirements of accreditation, participants are required to claim the credit they earn for completing an education activity prior to the certificate being issued.
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Who can see the results I enter?

In order to maintain confidentiality for result forms within each laboratory, these security levels are in place:

  • Pathologists will not be able to view other pathologist result forms.
  • Pathologists will be able to view cytotechnologist result forms, similar to the workflow used in the laboratory.
  • Cytotechnologists will not be able to view other cytotechnologist or pathologist result forms.
  • Laboratory personnel will be able to confirm online that result forms have been received at CAP.
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Do I have to enter results online instead of faxing them in?

Paper result forms still will be sent to laboratories with each slide set. You can continue to submit results via fax, but CME and CE certificates will not be mailed from CAP. You must go online to claim credit and print your certificate.

Important note: For PAP and NGC only, in order to receive the 20-minute fax-back reference slide interpretations and evaluation laboratory forms still must be faxed to CAP. As with any faxed participant and laboratory result forms, these will not be viewable online.

If you enter results online through e-LAB Solutions, you can claim credit immediately. Faxed result forms may take up to 48 hours to process, which delays the ability to claim credit.
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How do we start inputting results online?

The first time a laboratory uses an online result form, the laboratory site administrator must “opt in” to the CAP web site. After a laboratory has opted in, each individual must register on the CAP web site and request permission from his or her laboratory site administrator to enter results. The site administrator also must mark the profession of the user on the laboratory permissions page. Once you’re set up, these administrative activities won’t need to be repeated within a laboratory unless there is a personnel change.

As soon as a result form has been claimed by a participant on e-LAB Solutions, it will belong to that user. The result form can be edited until approved by the participant. Results must be submitted by the due date, which is based on the date that the slide set is shipped.
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I have never used e-LAB Solutions. How do I begin?

If your laboratory has not established an account on e-LAB Solutions, call the CAP Customer Contact Center at 800-323-4040 for your PIN and instructions for opting in.
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After submitting results, how much time do I have to claim credit?

You have 180 days from the date the result form is submitted/received to claim your CME/CE credit.
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How do I claim CME or CE?

In order to receive CME or CE credits earned by completing an educational course, participants are required to “self claim” CME or CE. This change to our system helps us adhere to guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), which state that the participant must declare the amount of time spent on the educational course up to a maximum total.

Participants can claim CME/CE certificates after entering answers online through a CME/CE icon that appears on the Result Form Data Entry screen. Once the results are entered, the CME/CE icon will alert the participant that CME credits are available for printing.

Participants may also use another route to claim credits by going directly to www.cap.org/education to enter or print information.
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What is the advantage of “self-claim” online rather than getting printed copies through the mail?

The self claim system offers a few important advantages:

  • CME certificates may be printed immediately by the participant after course completion.
  • Lost certificates may be reprinted by the participant at any time.
  • Participant name and credentials are populated from CAP registration information, allowing for unlimited customized credentials.

If your question was not answered here, please phone the CAP Customer Contact Center at 800-323-4040.
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